Becoming an LPN in North Dakota
In the state of North Dakota, professional nurses strive to provide treatment for not only a wide range of moderately to chronically ill people, but also help those who are healthy to maintain that quality of life. By 2026, it’s predicted that LPN jobs will increase up to 12%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals interested in this influx of jobs must meet state requirements and apply for a North Dakota LPN license. North Dakota LPNs earn around an hourly wage of $19.83 or annual salary of $41,250, which is roughly $2,780 less per year than national average.
Details on North Dakota LPN Schools & Classes
There are plenty of schools in North Dakota that offer quality practical nursing programs, from junior colleges to trade schools and everything in between. Most programs take around 1 year of full-time study, or 2+ years of part-time study to complete. Many schools are adopting “hybrid” programs, which incorporate some online courses.
LPN program curriculum in North Dakota consists of classroom-based lectures, labs, and hands-on clinical experiences at local medical facilities. Common course topics include:
- Foundations of Nursing
- Intro to Medical Surgical Nursing
- Intro to Maternal Child Nursing
To ensure that a student is choosing a truly legitimate practical nursing program, accredited programs are recommended. Programs that are properly accredited signify quality and academic excellence. Students should check their program of choice for the symbols from national accrediting organizations such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, students should ensure that their program is approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.
While schools in North Dakota will all have their own set of admissions requirements, most schools require the following:
- High school diploma or GED certificate
- Minimum age of 18
- Current CPR certification
- Completion of all prerequisite courses
- Completion of ATI TEAS exam
Tuition and Costs
For those apprehensive about paying for a practical nursing program, there are many options. Financial aid, scholarships, loans, and payment plans are all typically available. Students must plan to pay for tuition, mandatory fees, and any supplies needed (textbooks, etc.). Indirect expenses such as transportation and/or room and board should also be factored in.
To provide an example, the total estimated cost of the LPN program through Dakota College at Bottineau is between $11,711 and $13,911. This includes tuition, fees, and necessary supplies.
North Dakota LPN Licensing Requirements
North Dakota requires those seeking to become licensed in the state to complete an approved nursing education program and pass the state-required test. Once all educational requirements are complete, the applicant is encouraged to submit an application to the state, including:
- Official transcript sent directly from state-approved nursing program with degree posted
- Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX
- Criminal background check
North Dakota LPN licenses expire every 2 years and require 12 contact hours of continued education during the licensing period to renew.
NCLEX Exam Information
To actually obtain a practical nursing license, students must pass the NCLEX-PN examination upon graduating from their PN program. This test covers a myriad of nursing topics. A comprehensive overview of this important examination can be found here. It is also recommended that students take a NCLEX-PN practice test to help them prepare and study for the actual exam.
LPN Reciprocity and eNLC
North Dakota is a member of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) that allows nurses from other eNLC states to participate within its borders without having to apply for a new license. Those from non-compact states can apply for a North Dakota license by endorsement by submitting the proper application as well as the following:
- Verification of state licensure
- Official transcript from state-approved nursing program
- Criminal background check
Foreign applicants must also submit proof of English proficiency as well as an official transcript evaluation by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in North Dakota. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our North Dakota LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
1500 Edwards Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58506
105 Simrall Blvd, Bottineau, ND 58318
291 Campus Dr, Dickinson, ND 58601
1801 College Drive N, Devils Lake, ND 58301
800 6th St N, Wahpeton, ND 58076
9299 N Dakota 24, Fort Yates, ND 58538
10145 BIA Road 7, Turtle Mountain, ND 58369
3315 University Dr, Bismarck, ND 58504
1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND 58801
Additional ND Nursing Resources
- North Dakota Board of Nursing
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: (701) 328-9777
- North Dakota Nurses Association
1515 Burnt Boat Dr. Suite C #325
Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone: (701) 335-6376
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